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Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Santa Fe, N.M. - Want to hear some of America's best rock songs such as "Surfin' USA," "Beach Baby,""Good Vibrations" and "Kokomo"? Head to Buffalo Thunder  Resort & Casino, Sat. Nov. 21,  8 p.m.  and catch The Beach Boys.  The Beach Boys formed in 1961 and quickly gained popularity for their close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of cars, surfing, and romance.

The group was initially composed of singer-musician-composer Brian Wilson; his brothers, Carl and Dennis; their cousin Mike Love; and friend Al Jardine. This core quintet, along with early member David Marks and later bandmate Bruce Johnston, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 1988.  The line-up for the November 21 show at Buffalo Thunder is Mike Love, Lead Vocals; Bruce Johnston, Keyboards -Vocals; Christian Love, Guitar -Vocals; Randell Kirsch, Bass -Vocals; Tim Bonhomme, Keyboards -Vocals; John Cowsill, Percussion -Vocals; Scott Totten, Guitar -Vocals. The harmonies of these seven amazing musicians replicate the sound of the original five singers.

Mike Love, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is lead singer and a founding member of The Beach Boys. Mike wrote the lyrics to The Beach Boys' first song, "Surfin'," released in 1961.  He then co-authored eleven Top 10 singles in five years with cousin Brian Wilson, a string of hits including "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," "Help Me Rhonda," "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations."  In 2006, Mike completed work on his long awaited solo album.

The period between "Good Vibrations" (1966) and The Beach Boys' biggest selling hit "Kokomo" (1988) is one of the longest spans of time between number one records in history.  This feat demonstrates the ageless, timeless appeal of The Beach Boys.  Mike Love is the co-author of both of these smash hits.

The Beach Boys annual tours have reached all of the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia and popular demand has not allowed Mike a summer off in forty years in his role as lead singer.  The Beach Boys concert performance features an energetic hour and forty minutes of over thirty hit songs.  The Beach Boys perform over 150 shows annually. 


  • The Beach Boys' first song was the 1961 Mike Love title "Surfin'."
  • Mike Love co-authored an amazing eleven Top 10 singles in the five years between 1963 and 1968, including "Good Vibrations."
  • On July 4, 1985, The Beach Boys played to almost two million concertgoers in Philadelphia, PA, and Washington, D.C. on the same day.
  • The biggest hit of The Beach Boys' career, "Kokomo," (co-written by Mike Love) came in 1988.
  • The Beach Boys have not taken a summer off in 40 years. The Beach Boys have performed more shows than any other major rock act.
  • The Beach Boys are widely considered America's finest and most important Rock and Roll band. 
  • Mike Love's idea to compile the Capitol Records Endless Summer double-LP in 1974 sparked the infamous comeback that led Rolling Stone to name The Beach Boys "Band of The Year."
  • The Beach Boys were honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards, receiving The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy.
  • The Beach Boys Pet Sounds hits number two in Rolling Stone's 2003 "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
  • Rolling Stone voted "Good Vibrations" the "Number One Song of the Century."
  • The Beatles followed Mike Love to India when he traveled to further pursue his love of transcendental meditation,  a passion that would soon overtake the Western world.
  • Mike Love created the Love Foundation, which supports national environmental and educational initiatives.  He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village, Nevada, and has been responsible for raising over $1 million to benefit the school. 
  • The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • Mike Love personally donates $100,000 to the American Red Cross efforts in the wake of the devastation suffered at the hands of Hurricane Katrina.  The Beach Boys continue to raise additional funds and awareness to support the cause.   
  • 2006 Sounds of Summer: the very best of The Beach Boys is certified Double Platinum, marking their biggest resurgence since 1976. 

WHAT: The Beach Boys
WHERE: Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino, Tewa Grand Ballroom
Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m.
TICKETS:  $39-$59. or call 800-905-3315. Tickets also available at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino Box Office, located at the Casino Cage.

Jennifer Marshall